A reciprocal MRO agreement has been signed by the civil aviation authorities of the UK and Singapore.

    Specifically, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) have concluded a technical arrangement on aviation maintenance (TAM). It facilitates the reciprocal acceptance of approvals pertaining to the MRO of aircraft and aircraft components by the organisations.

    CAAS and UKCAA said the arrangement would boost the aviation industry in both Singapore and the UK by streamlining audits and reducing regulatory compliance costs for MRO organisations in both countries, while maintaining high safety standards.

    Some 70 aviation maintenance organisations in Singapore and the UK are expected to benefit from the TAM.

    The agreement is part of a wider technical Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation across a range of areas in international civil aviation. The authorities have committed to working together to improve aviation safety and training, and addressing emerging complex issues, such as cybersecurity in air transport systems and safeguarding of public health in air travel, including Covid-19.

    CAAS director-general Kevin Shum said: “CAAS and the UKCAA have enjoyed a long-standing close relationship. These new agreements reinforce our shared commitment to advance aviation safety, strengthen civil aviation development and support our industries.”

    UKCAA chief executive Richard Moriarty commented: “Aviation relationships between the UK and Singapore have a long and successful history. We are delighted to be deepening those relationships as we look forward to the industry’s post-Covid-19 recovery and long-term development.”